Will Rogers will exit the transfer portal and remain in Washington

Will Rogers will exit the transfer portal and remain in Washington

Former Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers told ESPN that he will withdraw from the NCAA transfer portal and remain in Washington to play for the Huskies in 2024.

Rogers informed Huskies coach Jedd Fisch of his decision on Tuesday and has resumed taking classes in Washington.

Rogers transferred from Mississippi State to Washington after four productive seasons with the Bulldogs, which included becoming the No. 2 passer all-time in the SEC. He entered the portal after Kalen DeBoer left Washington to become Alabama’s head coach, which happened shortly after Rogers arrived in Seattle.

Rogers spoke with several schools after re-entering the portal, but ultimately decided Washington made the most sense. With so much attention paid to who left the program, Rogers said the allure of returning to Washington after jumping the portal was who decided to stay there.

“Some guys in Washington,” he said of his reason for returning. “The team went 14-1 last year. If we can pick up where we left off, obviously it’s going to be a tough task. But I think that’s why you came to Washington.”

“Obviously it’s a new conference and things like that. But I have a lot of confidence in Coach Fisch and I feel like he’s going to be willing to have us compete at a high level.”

Rogers said Fisch’s NFL experience was another factor. Fisch is an offensive tackle at Washington and worked in the NFL as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Rogers said he hopes this season will be a bridge year to get him to the NFL.

“That’s the plan,” Rogers said in a phone interview with ESPN. Coach Fisch said to me today: I want to treat you like a professional football player. “I told him this is what I want, this is what I look forward to doing.”

Rogers’ decision represents a wave of positive news for Washington’s quarterback room. On Sunday, ESPN 300 recruit Daymond Williams pledged he would follow Fisch to Washington after previously committing to Arizona.

Rogers will be the favorite to start for the Huskies in the 2024 season. Besides losing Michael Penix to the NFL, Washington lost Dylan Morris to James Madison, Austin Mack to Alabama, and Will Haskell to the Gateway. DeMaricus Davis, Washington’s 2024 quarterback, also announced he will leave in the wake of Williams’ decision.

Rogers immediately became one of the most accomplished players in the portal this winter, accumulating 12,315 receiving yards during his time at Mississippi State.

Upon being selected by Washington the first time, Rogers told ESPN: “I knew I had another problem. I knew I had to do what I had to do — win as many games as I could.”

Rogers’ statistical resume is among the best in the sport. He has completed 1,301 passes in his career, the most in SEC history. He enters the 2024 season with 38 starts and is the NCAA’s No. 39 passer in career yards. If he has another prolific season in his year in Washington, he could finish in the top five in college football history.

Rogers said he hopes another quality season translates to scouts and general managers.

“I’m very excited to play under someone who has NFL experience, can teach you what to do and what not to do and get you ready for the next level,” Rogers said.

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